You’ll find all the information you need to plan your visit right here.
We hope we’ve covered everything you’ll want to know on our website and in the FAQs list below.
Where is the Mellor Literature Festival?
The school is clearly signed from Longhurst Lane (the main route through Mellor). Please note that there will be no parking available in the school car park on the day of the festival.
Please also bear in mind that the main roads through Marple Bridge will be closed for the Mellor Church Rose Parade from around 11:45am to 12:30pm. We’d recommend you aim to arrive at the school well before the parade starts. The festival starts at 10am.
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Where will car parking be available?
Please note that there will be no parking available in the school car park on the day of the festival. We would also ask you not to park directly outside the school on Knowle Road, as this will restrict access for visitors.
Limited parking may be available on Longhurst Lane and at Mellor Sports Club. You could also consider parking near Clement Road then
If you’re planning to go to the Mellor Church Fete afterwards, you’re welcome to park near the church and follow our Book Trail to the Festival. The trail works both ways – get the kids to solve the puzzle on the way down then count the bookworms on the walk back, to keep them happily occupied in both directions.
Free parking is also available in Marple Bridge (at Brabyns Park or in the car park next to the Purple Pakora) which is about a 2o minute walk away.
(Please also bear in mind that the main roads through Marple Bridge will be closed for the Mellor Church Rose Parade from around 11:45am to 12:30pm. We’d recommend you aim to arrive at the school well before the parade starts. The festival starts at
Who is the Literature Festival for?
Will my children need to be supervised?
We’d suggest that younger children should have a parent with them at all times, but older children could go to workshops on their own if you feel it’s appropriate.
If you become separated from your child, the Buddy Bench just inside the main gate will be the designated meeting point. Please tell your children to meet you there if they get lost.
Please note that we cannot take any responsibility for the welfare of your children during the Festival.
Anything I need to know BEFORE the Festival?
If you’d like to plan your visit in advance, you can download the Festival programme here.
Why not get into the spirit of things before the big day with our free Virtual Treasure Hunt? Solve the clues to find the hidden authors then hand your answer sheet in at the Welcome Desk for your chance to win a prize. Treasure hunt clues will be posted daily on our social media in the week leading up to the Festival, or you can download the full pack from our website.
Children are invited to enter the Fancy Dress Competition! Just come to the Festival dressed as their favourite book or character. The competition will be judged by Tracey Corderoy.
Please also bear in mind that the main roads through Marple Bridge will be closed for the Mellor Church Rose Parade from around
What food and drink options will be available?
You are also welcome to bring your own picnic if you prefer.
How many workshop places are available?
The sessions in the School Hall will have a capacity of around 250-300 people so we don’t anticipate any issues with those running out of places!
The classroom-based sessions will be suitable for around 30 active participants (maybe a few more depending on seating arrangements). Parents are welcome to stay for the children’s sessions but please be mindful and leave space for all the children to take part.
How do I book onto the workshop sessions?
All workshops will be filled on a first-come-first-served basis. We did consider a ticketing system but felt that would probably be overkill given the number of sessions available.
There are 8 sessions running simultaneously (in separate rooms!) during all 3 of the timeslots, including the sessions at the hall with a capacity of 250-300 people. There will be plenty of workshops and activities to choose from in each slot.
Please check the website and programme for session details and arrive outside the session room at least 5 minutes before the session starts. This will give you time to choose another session if your first choice is full.
We will need to usher one group out as the next one comes in, so would appreciate it if you could please wait outside the classroom doors until you are invited in.
How much are tickets for the Festival?
Does the ticket price cover EVERYTHING?
All activities and workshops are included in your ticket price. The only extra costs will be for food and drink, and face-painting. These are all optional.
Click here to download the Festival Programme and see what’s included in your ticket price.
Where do I buy tickets?
- Mellor Primary School
- The Norfolk Arms (Marple Bridge)
- The Cloudberry Cafe (Marple)
What about the Mellor Church Summer Fete?
If you’d like to make a day of it, why not follow our Book Trail up to the Mellor Church Summer Fete? This 10-15 minute walk through the fields includes activities to keep children happily occupied along the route. The trail works in both directions so if you’re planning to go to the Fete afterwards, you’re welcome to park near the church and follow the trail to the Festival.
The Rose Parade will pass along Longhurst Lane outside the school at around
The Literature Festival finishes at
Please note that your entrance to the Literature Festival does not include entrance to the Fete. Entrance is £3 per adult (accompanying children are free).
Please also bear in mind that the main roads through Marple Bridge will be closed for the Rose Parade from around
Where can I get more information?
Our free programme will tell you everything you need to know about what’s going on. Programmes will be available at the Welcome Desk on the day and be downloaded here.
You’ll also find full details of the authors, workshops and activities on our website.
Feel free to follow us on social media for updates and Festival news.
How can I contact you?
Please note that the festival is organised by volunteers so it may take us a couple of days to get back to you.
We’ll also be happy to answer any questions at the Festival Welcome Desk on the day.